Mandatory Background Screening
At the start of the 2016 spring season the Bloomingdale Boosters Incorporated (“Bloomingdale Boosters Inc.”) will be implementing a mandatory background screening policy for all baseball and softball managers, coaches and volunteer’s for in-house, travel and tournament teams. The background check is thorough, confidential and beginning with the spring 2016 season, will be paid by the Bloomingdale Boosters.
The background check must be renewed annually but covers spring, summer tournament and fall seasons.
All in-house (recreation) volunteers must submit a background check application by May 15, 2016. Teams, which typically start workouts during the winter months, must have their coaches submit their background check applications earlier if they are conducting winter workouts. All members of the Board of Directors must be screened.
If you have volunteered to coach in the 2016 season, or are on the Board of Directors, you can complete your screening here: https://opportunities.averity.com/BloomBooster
Volunteer Screening / Background Check
It is the intent of this policy to establish certain guidelines wherein the Bloomingdale Boosters Inc. can seek to protect children registered in the Bloomingdale Boosters Inc.’s leagues and teams by investigating the background of volunteers who will be managing and coaching in sanctioned athletic programs.
Criminal background screening on coaches and volunteer’s will be conducted by an outside third party which specializes in such work, and overseen (in specific instances) by a screening committee, a subset of the Bloomingdale Boosters Inc. Board of Directors (“Board”). This is executed in an effort to protect the children who participate in organized baseball, softball and related activities associated with Bloomingdale Boosters Inc.
Bloomingdale Boosters Inc. recognizes a coach is any person who leads and instructs players at practices and/or games - or portions of practices and/or games - for rookies league, softball and/or any baseball in-house, travel or tournament team.
The criminal background screening is mandatory, there are no exceptions.
All candidates for the above mentioned positions must sign a Release Form for Criminal History which gives Bloomingdale Boosters Inc. the right to check criminal history records and verify social security numbers. This work is executed directly, through Protect Youth Sports and the secure URL where volunteers can execute their Bloomingdale Boosters Inc. background check is: https://opportunities.averity.com/BloomBooster
No other personal information (e.g. work history, financial, credit, etc.) is checked or researched. The company executing background checks has agreed to such terms contractually, and confirms such direction annually.
The company never forwards any individual's information to the league where no issues are discovered.
In the event information surfaces via the background check, a screening committee, will review such background check information to determine coaching eligibility. Only members of the screening committee will review data obtained, which will then be processed discreetly. All information is strictly confidential and will not be made public under any circumstances.
Reasons for being declined the opportunity to volunteer, manage, coach are noted below as part of this policy. In some instances, factors of time may be taken into account when considering coaching eligibility (i.e. length of time since disposition of certain offenses).
The decision of the screening committee may be appealed, for the purpose of clarifying facts or explaining extenuating circumstances, to the screening committee.
All criminal history record information will be promptly destroyed at the end of the current Bloomingdale Boosters Inc. baseball season.
All volunteers are required to notify the committee immediately following an arrest or conviction on any of the listed offenses. Any volunteer, who while participating for Bloomingdale Boosters Inc. is arrested for committing an offense as listed, will immediately forfeit his/her volunteer eligibility until a disposition has been determined by the courts. A conviction of an offense as listed will result in termination of volunteer’s eligibility as stated in the policy.
The following is a list of offenses prohibiting an applicant from participation as a volunteer under Bloomingdale Boosters Inc. -- offenses including but not limited to the following:
- Assault (including aggravated and sexual)
- Aggravated Kidnapping
- Aggravated Robbery
- Crimes against Children (including abandonment, abuse, endangerment, pornography, possession or promotion of pornography, enticement, solicitation, sale or purchase of, injury to, or indecency)
- Criminally Negligent Homicide
- Deadly Conduct
- Delivery of Marijuana
- Manufacture of or Delivery of a controlled substance or dangerous drug
- Any violation of a law intended to control the possession or distribution of any controlled substance or illegal drug
- Indecent Exposure
- Injury to Elderly or Disabled
- Intoxication Manslaughter
- Manslaughter (voluntary or involuntary)
- Prohibited Sexual Conduct
- Prostitution (including promotion of, aggravated promotion of)
- Public Lewdness
- Sexual Abuse
- Marijuana Possession*
- Driving While Intoxicated/Impaired (DWI) / Driving Under the Influence (DUI)*
* If a first offense and not currently under probation --- eligible, but cannot drive any child other than his/her own. More than one violation has occurred or currently on probation --- ineligible.
** Eligibility dependent upon the severity and length of time since offense occurred.
Bloomingdale Boosters Inc. are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
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